Questions tagged [transportation]

For questions about the act or process of transporting something or someone from one location to another, including by technological or non-technological means. For questions about the specific machine or device used for transportation, consider using [vehicles] instead.

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Does building a space elevator on the Moon and on Mars make sense? [closed]

A previous question talked about the ability of building a space elevator on the Moon and another about the reasons not to build one. This question more or less follows from those two: if the idea is ...
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How would you build a road system that respected nature?

How would build a road system or transportation system that respected nature with the following constraints: No paved roads or less than 10% paved roads can’t use gasoline (oil) allow nature to ...
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Insect-powered shoes

The Emperor (may he live for ever) feels that walking is too much trouble. He should be able to simply stand upright and his shoes take him where he wants them to. He also wants to impress his ...
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Is there a way to cross my volcanic ocean?

In my world there is an ocean that separates the two main continents. The problem is that I think it's impossible to navigate these waters as there are active volcanoes on the bottom of the ocean that ...
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How could a 'reverse-stile' work? [closed]

How could a reverse stile, which is a gate that can be passed by hooved quadrupeds but not by humans, be built? The humans are modern humans, and will have the same equipment (limited to what they can ...
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If I build a railroad around the edge of a supercontinent, will that kill the oceangoing shipping industry?

Suppose, for a moment, that there is a human inhabited supercontinent. The planet that this supercontinent is on does not have any large landmasses which are more than 10 KM from the primary continent ...
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What would be an effective land based mode of transportation for mermaids?

(this is probably going to be my last mermaid based question for while) unlike their giant counterparts, most mermaids are more humanoid sized and have a life style similar to seals. now some of these ...
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How do I make leather tires for a bicycle?

In my world, bicycles are metal frames with leather tires. How would I make a leather tire? I am planning to use buffalo leather and waterproof it a lot. I would give it traction with some sort of ...
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What will the roads of the future be made of? [closed]

Assuming humanity continues to build road-like structures for transport of people, freight, etc., are there likely materials candidates to replace the asphalt roads of today over the next several ...
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How to cross a gorge with deep valley plagued by corrosive effluvium in medieval times?

There is a beautiful deep canyon called "Gorge Yor Ei Ou" by the local, it has a deep cleft filled with deadly and corrosive effluvium that doesn't seems to go away. The shortest distance ...
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Adventurers Transporting Mermaids

Okay, so in this world we have adventurers, the kind found in DnD and various other RPG and/or fantasy worlds. In this one, adventurers take mermaids along with them on their journies for multiple ...
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How to monitor speed limits on roads in the medieval time? [duplicate]

A decree has been issued by King User VMDCCLX in the 12th century CE to control traffic within the kingdom, a significant portion will be pour into upsizing the military. Despite it's unpopularity the ...
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How does 15th century beancurd delivery work?

The setting is the early 15th century C.E. My grandmother knew how to make delicious beancurd and it has since become famous as word spread like wildfire across the land. Business is good, as many ...
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21st Century Intracity Train Design with These Races

Link To Races: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating However, this will be for my intercity and international, trains. Intercity means this: It starts in one city in ...
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Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating

I'm currently building a world for a D&D (Dungeons and Dragons) set in the far future, where humans have escaped from a nuclear war roughly 100 years from 2020. Humans have started coming back 200 ...
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Would Big Goats be a good animals of burden, in a mountainous region, used by dwarfs?

I'm wondering if it would make sense to replace Cattle with Goats, in mountainous regions of my Dwarfen Kingdom. I was thinking about creating a special bigger bread that is similar to an ox. Would it ...
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Logistics in a World of Floating Islands Sans Airships

The World The setting is an endless sky of naught but pillowy white clouds and floating islands scattered across the skyscape. In such a world, how would the various nations, from small city-states to ...
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What would a boat-optimized world look like?

I'm writing a story that takes place on an island. This is an earth-like planet in gravity (though I'm willing to negotiate this one a little), climate, etc., but it's almost completely covered with ...
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Why would adipose tissue be the most essential ingredient in achieving flight?

Witches have two means of achieving flight. One is through enchanting items such as broomsticks. The other is through a liquid referred to as "flying ointment". This ointment is made by ...
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What factors would limit the size of an ancient wagon and how big could they get?

I would like to create a setting where it would have been beneficial to use very large wagons. You are free to choose the setting, cargo and route, within the limitations below. The wagons don’t have ...
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How can travel between pocket realms only be possible through an inner plane?

The world of Lannisteria is is broken down into separate realms known as the 7 kingdoms. These inner planes exist in separate dimensions called realms, and are separated from each other. Along with ...
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How can I build an inter-dimentional transportation system between pocket realms?

The world is broken down into 5 continents: North America, South America, Eurasia, Africa, and Austrailiartica. These landmasses exist in separate dimensions called realms, and are separated from each ...
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Issues and benefits related to having the ability to see and have an affinity for portals? [closed]

I am writing a story in which people with a rare genetic ability are able to see, and are attracted to portals which lead to other dimensions. I have some ideas on how I want to differentiate good vs ...
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How would a quadrupedal species design vehicles?

Back in the early times of my story's world, before humans had even arisen on Earth, another planet over 1,000 light years away held two civilizations of dragons. One was the traditional hexapod ...
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Technology is Magic: how do I explain the lightning-fast transportation/deployment of conjured troops?

Though it's probably bad for originality to use D&D and Lobotomy Corporation as basis for my world, I doubt there'd be any left of the former by the time I'm done with it. Things like ...
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How does gigantic spider scale tall buildings?

Imagine a spider as big as an African elephant weighting 1 metric tons or less loves to leap from buildings to buildings, I wonder would it legs still works like it used to for the tiny critters using ...
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A three-day carriage ride, how long would other methods take?

If my carriage can cover about 28 miles in an 8 hour day of travel because the roads are in very good conditions, how fast could someone on horseback take? How about someone walking? Would the speed ...
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How do 3D manuver gear works? [closed]

After watching an anime, Attack on Titan I became annoyed by the devices used by those scouts tasked to protect civilians and the tall walls against the giants. I wonder how strong are these cables ...
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Could rockets/VTOLs replace traditional air travel?

So this is obviously a several year old proposal from SpaceX in which they claim that their Starship is capable of being used as a means of traveling anywhere in the world in under an hour. A shiny ...
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In a medieval society with gigantic insects and arachnids which ones could be useful [closed]

so i'm thinking of a medieval society in a world with giant bugs. let's say the honeybee was about the size of a house mouse for reference (which makes the insects and arachnid nine times it's size). ...
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What explosive mines discriminate against hovercraft?

Tech level is post WW2 era. Hovercraft is often loaded with tons of explosives which is then set off within the proximity of an enemy vehicle or infrastructure, they can cover a large distance in a ...
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How to cross a metallic sea?

Suppose human explorers came across a terrestrial planet hospitable for life, but with more than 70% of its surface covered by gallium. When temperatures rises in the day it will form an ocean of ...
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Undead Powered Boats- Oars vs Paddlewheels

Assuming magically animated skeletons capable of projecting the same muscle force as an average human (note: not someone who has trained a bunch or such, average) that are tireless and unceasing, what ...
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How can a soul be unable to resurrect from multiple locations?

I am a warlock who has committed many evil and despicable deeds in his lifetime. Bad karma has blackened my soul, dooming me to an eternity of unspeakable suffering in hell. Luckily, there is a way to ...
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How useful would a giant centipede-like creature be as a mount?

I am in the "drawing board" stage of creating fantasy mounts for my world and I was wondering how useful would a giant centipede-like creature be as a mount ? I am personally operating under ...
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What is the most energy efficient mode of travel by a land animal on a terrestrial planet with 0.1g at surface?

Imagine there is a planet similar to Earth but has a much lower density, the gravitational acceleration at mean sea level is approximately a tenth of Earth's. I am wondering how would a land animal ...
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How can I streamline the process of a voodoo black market?

I, Marie Leaveau, am an alternative voodoo occultist entrepreneur from Louisiana and run an underground black market called Grimm Fairy artifacts Inc. Dubbed "The Bitch Queen" by naysayers, ...
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Transit time of varying mediums of sending messages

I'm searching for a reasonable timeframe in which a king or courtier of a semi-distant land would be able to receive an extremely urgent message. The world itself is completely different but lets ...
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How can an industry within an intergalactic empire operate without Stargates?

Long, long, ago in a galaxy far, far, away, there existed an empire which spanned many solar systems. The majority of these planets are inhabitable to some extent, and we're populated by humans during ...
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Euro-American Maglev Railway - Transit without stopping

I have a maglev train starting in Paris, going through Siberia, bridging over the Bering Strait, and running down the West Coast to San Francisco. There are other major lines splitting from this one, ...
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How could the Kobold Cannon's munition work?

"That is a weapon, NOT a teleporter" - Samuel "Whyamieventrying" Hayden The concept is fairly simple. You have a crazy, but crazy talented kobold inventor with lots of spare time and junk. This ...
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Planning intra-city public air transport

I want to have air transport as the dominant means of public transportation in my fictional city. But how would such a system operate to handle many commuters with maximum efficiency? Specifically I'm ...
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How can sapient beings engineer transportation and building when they can only count 0, 1 and many?

Imagine a species of humanoid beings living on an Earth-like planet somewhere in the universe; they have developed complex spoken and written languages and they can study their own anatomy and the ...
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What would be the consequence of a traffic light system where the users with green light pay the users with red light?

Traffic lights are mechanisms that control the usage of intersections. I'd like to perform a thought experiment for an alternative mechanism. The basic idea is that the intersection is a shared ...
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How would aliens abduct an entire nation of millions from a planet?

I am looking for as hard science answers as possible, but I am willing to bend some rules for a good answer. Assume they need to move 10 million 100 million people off of a planet what technology ...
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How to hide a spaceship visiting Earth?

So, me and the boys have decided to take a trip down to Earth for reasons that matter not be it science, leisure or fleeing persecution. It is no concern how we blend in but our spacecraft poses an ...
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How to explain that there can only be one magic portal between a planet and another

I want to make a world where mages can search for and establish portals between a planet and another, but in a way that only one portal can exist between planet A and planet B, one between A and C, ...
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U.S. Army/Military's response time to an army appearing in the middle of a major city

In the scenario I have in mind, a handful of portals appear in a major U.S. city from which an army of golems starts pouring forth with the intent to cause as much damage as possible. The specifics ...
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How fast could a medieval transportation cross a sea of honey?

Set in the medieval period around 16th century C.E., all the saline water turns into honey ( avg. viscosity is approximately 10000 centipoise at room temperature). How fast can the medieval people ...
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Algorithm or tool to design a worldwide subway transit map?

As the question says, an impossible (not earth) futuristic world has a subway system spanning across the entire planet and I would like to design its transit map. The obvious problem with doing this ...

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